It was only yesterday when Skoda unveiled the Octavia RS facelift and now the last member of the family to receive a mid-cycle refresh is showing off its revisions. Unsurprisingly, the Scout gets the same split headlight arrangement and makes the switch from the previous bi-xenon (with LED daytime running lights) setup to a full-LED look. Some mild cosmetic revisions to the fog lights and taillights have also been applied, but these are less obvious than the new headlight layout.
Previously offered only with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2.0 TDI engine with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) can now be hooked up to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The 1.8 TSI with 180 hp (132 kW) and the stronger 2.0 TDI producing 184 hp (135 kW) will continue to be available without any changes.
Sitting 30 mm higher than the Octavia Combi upon which it’s based, the rugged Scout can also be distinguished by its silver front and rear underbody protection. Another difference between the two is noticeable if you look underneath the car where the all-rounder Scout gets a standard rough-road package bringing additional plastic covering for the undercarriage and also for the brake and fuel lines.
Also standard are the electronic differential locks at both front and rear axles, while an off-road function will make the Octavia Scout more competent when the going gets tough.
Photos of the cabin have not been released, but we already know Skoda will give buyers the option of a heated steering wheel. In addition, there are revamped infotainment systems with capacitive-touch screens with a fancy glass design and a bump in size from 6.5 to 8 inches for Bolero and Amundsen, whereas the top-spec Columbus has jumped from 8 to 9.2 inches.
Interestingly, the Octavia Scout facelift will have seats equipped with a so-called “Thermo-Flux” function capable of automatically increasing the air and moisture permeability from time to time to boost comfort regardless of the climatic conditions. Just like the regular Combi, its off-road counterpart can swallow up to 610 liters of your luggage thanks to its massive trunk. Fold down the rear seats and the volume increases to a whopping 1,740 liters.
Skoda will have the revised Octavia Scout on sale early next year, with pricing to be announced closer to the model's launch.
Gallery: 2017 Skoda Octavia Scout facelift
ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT: The robust all-rounder receives new technology
Reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT with various innovations in technology and equipment
› A total of three engines are available from 110 kW (150 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS); 2.0 TDI (110 kW) now also available combined with all-wheel drive and DSG transmission
› Wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets benchmarks within its segment
Mladá Boleslav, 21 December 2016 – The comprehensive revision of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family continues. Now, after the hatchback, Combi and the fastest model variant – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS, comes the most versatile member of the family with various innovations in technology and equipment. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT launches with three engine variants and state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch. With a ground clearance that has been increased by 30 mm in comparison to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI, the compact five-door also masters rough terrain. Beyond that, it impresses with good climbing capability, a high towing capacity and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features from ŠKODA.
The robust all-rounder impresses like always with a distinctive off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive, the best driving characteristics and increased versatility both on and off the road. The comprehensively reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT bears the same front as the newest generation of ŠKODA OCTAVIAs and thereby underlines the family resemblance: it features a more prominent bonnet, the new front end with wide radiator grille and additional headlights with a crystalline look, full-LED headlights with adaptive front headlights (AFS). Also the modified fog lights and tail lights are equipped with LED technology. Its independent character is recognisable by silver-coloured underbody protection at the front and the rear. Furthermore, the Rough-Road package is also part of standard equipment and features plastic covering for the undercarriage as well as the brake and fuel lines.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT impresses with its interior space, which for the compact car segment is particularly generous, good body layout, distinct versatility, high level of functionality and great driving characteristics. Besides the increased ground clearance, the all-wheel drive with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch, which comes as standard, also ensures even greater driving pleasure off the road. When driving on rough terrain the advantages of the ramp angles, which have been increased to 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear, become apparent.
Both the front and rear axle of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT are fitted with an electronic differential lock (EDL) as standard. EDL allows the car to pull away smoothly on difficult surfaces, transmitting drive to both the front and rear axles.
For safer and easier descents on rough terrain the Off-Road function is available for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT. When in use the speed of the vehicle is consistently maintained without the driver needing to do anything. Modern engine management, which increases safety during descents using braking, makes the driver’s life easier.
The ‘Simply Clever’ features include a heated steering wheel and seats with the Thermo-Flux function which, from time to time, increases the air and moisture permeability and provides considerably more riding comfort in different climatic conditions – the upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is therefore an adventurer in the truest sense. The boot has a capacity of 610 to 1740 litres and thanks to its width of 1010 mm, is also perfectly suited to transporting bulky loads without any problems. Numerous storage solutions in the interior increase its practicality. The towing capacity is up to two tonnes, depending on the engine version.
Technology and engines
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is based on the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI. The 2.0 TDI (110 kW) combined with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG transmission is new to the range.
The reworked adventurer is available from market launch with a total of three different four-cylinder engine variants:
1.8 TSI: 132 kW (180 PS), top speed 216 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, combined consumption 6.8 l/100 km, CO2 158 g/km
2.0 TDI: 110 kW (150 PS), top speed 207 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, combined consumption 5.0 l/100 km, CO2 130 g/km
2.0 TDI: 135 kW (184 PS), top speed 219 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, combined consumption 5.1 l/100 km, CO2 133 g/km.
Infotainment and ŠKODA Connect
The current ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is equipped with all the modern infotainment systems of the new ŠKODA generation. All of the capacitive touch displays feature a glass design (except for the standard Swing music system). As the top-of-the-line version, the Columbus navigation system has a 9.2-inch monitor and an LTE module, and provides passengers with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The automatic ‘eCall’ emergency call is available as an option. The mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect are the ideal complement to the modern infotainment. They set new standards in navigation, information, entertainment and assistance and can even be configured using your home computer.
Driver assistance systems
The wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets new standards within its segment. Innovations here include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect (warns of any vehicles in the blind spot) and Rear Traffic Alert (monitors traffic coming from the sides and behind when manoeuvring). The Crew Protect Assist function, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending accident and tensions the seat belts on the front seats, is connected to the improved Front Assist function, which includes the City Emergency Brake and predictive Pedestrian Protection functions. Park Assist’s functions have been further perfected.